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Field Of Dreams Game: 8/12/2021 Experience Of A Lifetime

Baseball is, has been, and always will be the greatest game in the world. Last night, it was proven to the entire world. History took place at the Field Of Dreams, and the first MLB game was played in the state of Iowa.

Before I start, if you’re new to the blog, welcome! I started this blog at the beginning of 2021 to show the enjoyment of seeing new stadiums, along with traveling to baseball games. Be sure to check out some of the older posts, that share numerous ballparks! Also, be sure to check out the YouTube video!

When I woke up on 8/12/21, I had no idea if I would be going to the game or not. Tickets were back and forth, and I wanted to see what they would do if I just waited. I hit the road for Dyersville, and had no idea what was in store for the day.

I went ahead and started at the Beyond The Game event, and went to the “If You Build It” exhibit. I usually make it to Dyersville once a year, and the exhibit was new. This was a great place to learn more about the history of the Field Of Dreams. The Beyond The Game event felt like a county fair, and had some great information about farming in one of the tents. As I was constantly pressing refresh on my phone, I decided to wait things out. I’m usually the type of person to have tickets ahead of time, but this game was different. I also took the gamble of the prices going down. Prices were up to almost $2,000 when I was looking. I had a price in mind that I wouldn’t budge on, but I wasn’t ready to leave yet. It was very humid outside, so I was undecided on staying for the watch party. Then, at 6:00, right before the game was about to start, a ticket price dropped to $1100. This was my top number, so I had to decide what to do. I ended up not waiting anymore, and bought the ticket. I only ended up paying about $550 though, due to something personal. Had that thing not happened though, I probably wouldn’t have gone to the game at all.

One thing I would like to say about ticket prices, is that they weren’t unreasonable. If you won the ticket lottery, they were $450. I compared these ticket prices to the World Series prices. Standing room only is usually about $500 for a World Series Game. Leading up to game day, the prices would move up or down, but the day of the game they went up. I always wanted to go see a World Series Game before, but never made it to one. This was a great replacement for any World Series Game. This was an event that many people didn’t want to miss out on.

When I showed up to the game, things were just getting started! I missed the pregame ceremonies, and the flyover, but that was the sacrifice to wait for a ticket. I parked in what used to be a cornfield, and I walked over to the Field Of Dreams. I’ve been there many times, the most recent last November. Besides the Field Of Dreams, Dyersville is known for being the farm toy capital in the world. I was at the National Farm Toy Show, and always visit the baseball field after. I’ve been doing this ever since I was a kid, which is what made this place so special to me.

I was having trouble with finding where to go to the stadium. I saw the construction entrance before, but it was blocked off. I finally found out that the entrance was through the corn. I walked through and went up to my seat. As soon as I got to the top of the stairs, Jose Abreu hit the first MLB home run in Iowa.

The atmosphere was unbelievable right from the start. As the game carried on, you could tell this stadium was a very special place to play baseball in. It almost felt like another movie. The best part, this was all happening in my home state of Iowa! As the game progressed, more home runs were hit, and this game ended up trading the lead in the top of the 9th with 2 outs.

As someone who plays a lot of MLB The Show, I think they will have to change the way the ball flies in that stadium. There’s only one place I’ve seen the ball fly like this out of the yard, and that was in Globe Life Park in Texas (their old stadium.) The biggest factor of being in a corn field, is that there’s so much humidity. That had to be what was causing the ball to fly. I got lucky with taking those videos, because i wanted to record the final out of the game. There was only one issue though, the game didn’t end with a final out recorded. It ended like this:

In my opinion so far, this was the best game I’ve been to. It was unbelievable! I’m not sure if anything can beat that either, because it was in this special place. Walking out of the stadium, I got to see the Field Of Dreams under the lights for the first time. It has a different feeling to it, and felt peaceful, even with all of the people around. I would absolutely love to see MLB make this a yearly game. It puts Iowa on the map, and it’s such an iconic place to play.

As for the baseball side of things, both teams looked good tonight, and just had struggles with their bullpens. I was very surprised to not see Chapman come out of the bullpen, to help get the save. I learned later That he was dealing with an injury.

If they have a Field Of Dreams Game in 2022, I say it’s a must see. It’s a very special place, and in my opinion, would be worth seeing more than a World Series game. Besides the capacity in the stadium, that’s why it’s priced the same as a World Series game. Otherwise, if you’re interested in seeing the Field Of Dreams on a normal day, it’s free to get in! Also, if you’re in the Iowa area looking for a game to watch, I highly recommend seeing the Clinton Lumberkings play. I have some other posts on here of the experience in Clinton.

As always, I’ll leave all of the pictures and videos below. With it being so late, I decided to not travel to Milwaukee until Saturday for the game. Expect another post then! The Milkmen are the defending champions of the American Association, and one of their players is leading the league in home runs.

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Weekend Of 7/10/21: “A League Of Their Own”

Wow, what a weekend it’s been! I knew this weekend would be a big one, but Mother Nature made sure to make it even more exciting. Saturday started off as an uncertain day. I watched the radar very close, and assumed that Saturday was an all or nothing type of day. It was looking like there would be a gap in the weather, and I was determined to at least get pictures of Bosse Field. A few days prior, I went ahead and booked a hotel, rain or shine, deciding the reward was worth the risk. I’ll go ahead and say that the game rained out on Saturday night, which is why I decided to make one big post instead of two posts. Here’s the YouTube video of the entire weekend, which turned out awesome this time around! (Continued Below The Video.)

As I left home, I realized fast that the entire Midwest was getting hit with a lot of rain again. Twitter was my best friend all day, as I checked to see if the Otters would be playing on Saturday Night. As I got closer to Evansville, they had a post saying everything was still on for the night. Instead of checking into the hotel, I went straight to the ballpark. I knew that even if the game rained out, I could still get some pictures, and maybe even a time lapse. Walking up to the ballpark, I immediately realized that every minute of an almost 7 hour drive was worth it! I walked up to the ticket window, paid only $6 for a ticket, and I started taking pictures right away. I checked the radar again, and saw that there was more rain on the way. The team announced a delay first, but a band of the heavier rain moved south, and was too much for the field to handle. They announced a doubleheader for Sunday, and I though that would be it for the weekend. I was completely wrong.

Being around the game for a long time, you learn how to deal with weather. It’s a big part of the game, so a lot of what ifs come up. I grabbed something to eat, and went through every scenario. Sometimes you make a solid plan that can be completely crushed within ten minutes. I decided to stick around until game time in Evansville, and if it rained out, then I would go to Dubois County to at least get pictures of the stadium from the outside. After that, I planned to head home. I checked into the hotel, and decided to try my gambling luck in Evansville. I also needed to adjust my sleeping schedule, so I’d be ready for a 7 hour drive, late on Sunday.

When I woke up Sunday, it looked like it was pretty bright outside. I checked the radar, and everything seemed to pass through the area already. It was time for a big day! This meant two stadiums in one day. I started out in Evansville at the doubleheader. Evansville plays in the Frontier Leauge which is an independent league/MLB Partner League. Bosse Field is a very special place to take in a game. It’s the third oldest active ballpark by a professional team behind Wrigley Field, and Fenway Park. This stadium was used in the movie A League Of Their Own. It’s everything that someone could ever ask for in a ballpark that’s over 106 years old! Seeing a stadium preserved so well is such a great thing. This stadium has been restored for the modern day game, while preserving it’s rich history. There have been numerous hall of famers that have taken the field at Bosse Field, along with over 100 years of memories for players, coaches, managers, and fans all alike. If you’re a baseball fan of any kind, I consider Bosse Field a place that’s a must see. I put it right up with going to Cooperstown to see the Hall Of Fame.

I was able to catch about 4 innings of game one of the doubleheader. Evansville hit back to back home runs, which I was able to slow down a little on the time lapse, of the YouTube video. Evansville ended up losing both games of the doubleheader, which they originally had the lead. The fans were awesome in Evansville, and they loved watching their team. I figured out in about the 3rd inning of the game, that Dubois County is right on the line for being in eastern time zone.

I hit the road for game two, and headed towards League Stadium in Huntingburg, IN. This stadium was even more amazing to me! This stadium was originally built in 1894. It’s grandstand was restored, but still kept the old look! This is a former Prospect League team, that now plays in the Ohio Valley League. It was a clean game for the most part, and another awesome fan base. They recognized their high school state champion team before the game, and there were a lot of fans at the game. I left in the bottom of the 8th inning to get ready to make the big drive home. I consider both of these stadiums to be must-see stadiums! Besides the casino in Evansville, the other big thing that there is to do, is visit the USS LST-325, which is a ship from World War 2. I wasn’t able to visit the ship, but I would make time for it the next time I’m in the area. As always, I’ll share all of the pictures below from this weekend, that were included in the YouTube video. Feel free to ask questions at any time!

My next trip planned will be 7/24-7/25 in Sioux City, IA, and Sioux Falls, SD for some American Association baseball! I’m looking forward to sharing games from the American Association again, and I’ll be sharing more professional baseball going forward.

Field Of Dreams: November 2021

Over the weekend, I visited one of my favorite places. I mentioned in the Field Of Dreams Game post that I usually visit the Field of Dreams once a year during the National Farm Toy Show. That show was last weekend, and I had a blast getting some Christmas shopping done, and visiting one of the most iconic places in all of baseball. They harvested the corn just a few days ago. When I went to the toy show last year, I was told that I couldn’t take any pictures of the MLB stadium that was in place, for this years game. This year, people could walk up to a temporary fence, and be just a short distance from where Tim Anderson hit the walk off home run. As soon as I drove across the bridge, it instantly brought back all of the great memories from the game. It was a very peaceful setting, and all I could think about was how special it will be again next year! I’m planning to go to the 2022 Field Of Dreams Game! As always, pictures and a video will be below. The Gopro didn’t make the trip this time, so everything is taken with my phone. Enjoy!

Be on the look out for off season posts coming soon! I’ll be live streaming off season episodes on Twitch, and posting them on here.

Atlanta Braves Vs LA Dodgers: NLCS Game 1 10/16/21

Before I get started with the full post, I would like to say that if you’re on the fence about possibly attending game 6 or a potential game 7 in Atlanta, you will have zero regrets about buying a ticket. This is baseball at it’s best.

This post will be my last game of the season, and it ended with a big finish! However, I have some great plans to continue posts throughout the off season, and I’ll be live streaming more sports on Twitch, along with side casting games throughout the rest of the playoffs. I’m excited for this off season, and can’t wait to share! The off season always feels like a long time, but I’m hopeful that I can help make it go by faster. I also plan to share blog posts of hockey games. Check out the videos blow this paragraph! One is a full video of the live stream, and the other is a recap of the entire trip.

As I’m planning a list of my top stadiums this season, I think number one and two are very easy rankings. This trip to Atlanta will easily take number 2. The only experience that topped this game was the Field Of Dreams game. This was my first time experiencing Truist Park for a live game. The only other time I was at this stadium, was in 2018 when I stopped by to see the stadium. The team was on the road, and I was able to visit the team store. At that time, I knew it was completely necessary to visit Braves Country when the time was right. However, I did attend numerous games at Turner Field in 2015, and loved the atmosphere. In 2015, I could tell that there was something special in the making, and I knew it would only take a few years. The fans were still dedicated to their team, even during the tough times. If you go to the photos section of my website, there are old pictures from Turner Field, along with many other stadiums.

I was looking for a game to attend last week. I had some flight credit, along with a couple of free nights left over. In the playoffs, everything can change in a matter of minutes. I experienced this the first time when the Astros won against the Yankees in game 6 of the 2016 ALCS. As soon as the last out was made, I was booking a hotel room, and packing for Houston. This time, the biggest difference was Atlanta was a lot farther away. The Dodgers and Giants were in a close battle the entire game. I was side casting the game on Twitch, and started making the sudden plans as fast as I could. I decided to drive a couple days earlier, after looking at the logistics of everything. After the last out, I was packed, room booked, and everything ready to go within 2 hours.

It was a 12 hour drive from Iowa to Atlanta, and I had to go to work on Friday. Once work was done, I began driving to Nashville. Nashville was about 8 hours away, and a great stopping point for the night. The next day, I drove another 4 hours, and was checked into my room, and at the stadium 2 hours before game time for the live stream.

I had mixed feelings about Truist Park at the beginning. Like Texas, Turner Field was an iconic ballpark for a game, that was replaced with a modern stadium. Also, like Texas, the Braves did an amazing job showing their team’s history with Monument Garden. The stadium is surrounded by The Battery Atlanta, which is an entire baseball district. I’ll talk more about that later in the post.

The Braves had a small advantage at the beginning of this series. The Dodgers just got done with a huge 5 game series against the Giants, and the Braves had a few couple of extra days to get ready for this series. Before I even started driving to Georgia, I knew this would be a very special weekend. Listening to the radio broadcasts, you can hear the fans going crazy, especially while they do the chop. It’s one of the biggest traditions in all of baseball, and this fanbase is one of the best in baseball. The Dodgers had a bullpen game, which gave Braves Country a lot of opportunities to do the chop, during pitching changes.

In my last post, I mentioned how clean the game was played in the Brewers vs Braves NLDS game. This game was even better. It was a 2-2 game until the bottom of the 9th when Austin Riley hit a walk off single. The entire stadium went crazy, and it topped off a wild night! This was fall baseball at it’s best. It was about 45 degrees outside, and the ball wasn’t flying out of the stadium. There were a couple of home runs, but every pitch, and every move mattered in this game. This is what playoff baseball is all about. It’s unbelievable how much strategy is put into all of these games. I love a low scoring, clean game. The cold weather makes it even better. Overall, the Braves front office/scouting deserves so much credit for the moves they were able to make at the trade deadline. The execution of their strategy has been amazing to watch.

Austin Riley’s Walk Off Single

After the game, the party continued in Atlanta. The atmosphere felt like the Braves just won it all. MLB Network was outside of the stadium for their postgame show, and the fans were going crazy in the background. Back in 2014, I always wondered what the atmosphere would’ve been like if the Royals won game 7 of the World Series, while I was tailgating in the parking lot. That question was finally answered. However, the main difference was that the party continued at The Battery right outside of the stadium. Instead of having to go to downtown or different areas for a postgame party, the fans can stay right outside of the stadium.

I was considering staying in Atlanta for game 2. However, I wanted to be responsible, and get back home with an extra day. Then, the Braves walked it off again in game 2. At the time of this post, the Braves lead the series 3-2, and look to close out the series at home. It’s been a great series to watch, and a great way to close out my 2021 baseball season. This season has been full of many unbelievable experiences, and I can’t wait to share more in the off season! I’ll be recapping certain experiences on Twitch. If you don’t already, follow me on there to keep up with my live streams! Click here to see my Twitch page. As always, I’ll share all of the pictures below. Make sure to check out the YouTube videos at the top of the post for the full live stream, and recap videos!

Game 2 NLDS: Brewers Vs Braves 10/9/21

I’m back with more playoff baseball! Last weekend, I was able to go to Milwaukee, and see game 2 of the NLDS between the Brewers and Braves. This is my third time visiting American Family Field (former Miller Park.) This stadium is one of my top favorites. There is a great fan base in Milwaukee, and they’re dedicated to their team. Unlike my prior blog posts, I have two videos to share this time! Hopefully, this will be a new thing going forward. I found out that I could go live on my phone through my Twitch stream, and share the stadiums with everyone. If anyone is interested in seeing more of my live streams in the future, click here to follow my Twitch channel.

In the first video, my friend Evan joined me from northern Wisconsin, who’s a huge Brewers fan. I’ve known him for about ten years now, and we catch up often about baseball. He is one of many that are part of this dedicated fan base. On opening day, you can find Evan at American Family Field at around 4:30 in the morning. That’s a close race to being the first people at the stadium! If there is one thing that makes Milwaukee stand out compared to any other MLB stadium, it’s the tailgating. These fans don’t mess around with their set up when it comes to tailgating.

Evan’s “Griller Park” (See more about Griller Park in the first video ^)

After tailgating for a while, we walked into the stadium, and the atmosphere was amazing! This crowd of almost 44,000 was awesome, and they wanted to see their Brewers win. The Braves had other plans. Atlanta has a very well balanced team this year, and they were able to capitalize on the Brewers pitching. Game 1 was a very clean game, and game 2 didn’t disappoint. In my opinion as a baseball fan, I love to see the low scoring games where anything can happen. With that being said, the Braves kept the crowd out of it most of the game. Milwaukee came very close numerous times to the crowd going crazy, but they couldn’t get that one hit they needed each time. The Braves had a 3-0 lead in the 6th inning, and held the Brewers off to take game 2 on the road. This series is going back to Atlanta now, and I can’t wait to see more of this series. Both teams are very evenly matched, and this might even go to a game 5. I have hopes that this won’t be my last baseball game of 2021, but we’ll have to see how the division series works out on each side. If it is the last game, I have some sports streams planned that I’ll be sharing on here, along with visiting a few hockey arenas!

If you haven’t been to Milwaukee, I highly recommend spending at least one night in the city. Downtown doesn’t disappoint, and it’s great for anyone that likes a good beer. If you’re planning a baseball trip, there are a lot of stadiums within a reasonable drive from Milwaukee, also. This is also a great stadium to catch while taking a trip to Chicago. It’s about an hour away from Ohare Airport. Milwaukee also has a team with the American Association, The Milwaukee Milkmen. They were the 2020 American Association Champions, and I visited their stadium earlier this year. Click here to see that post. Also, in 2022, the American Association will have a new team with a new stadium northwest of Milwaukee. I’m planning to visit there next season, hopefully early in the season! As always, pictures will be below this paragraph, thank you for checking out the blog!

Minor League Baseball High A Central Finals Game 4: Quad City River Bandits Vs Cedar Rapids Kernels

It’s been a few weeks since my last game, and I was looking for a game to go to in potentially my last opportunity of the season. I was hoping to catch the American Association finals, but it was a little too far away from home. However, the playoffs were awesome! I’m planning a post in a few days with a recap. Also, if this ends up being my last game of the season, stay tuned because I’m planning on doing more posts in the off season! I have quite a few ideas in mind to keep this blog active throughout the entire year. However, I’m also hoping to catch an MLB playoff game this year. It will depend on how things go in the playoffs. If interested, there’s an option to subscribe with an e-mail address at the bottom of the page. This will send notifications when I make future posts. Make sure to check out the video below this paragraph, and the full blog post below the video!

It’s my first River Bandits game since September of 2019. Throughout the years, I have been to Modern Woodmen Park numerous times when it was in the Midwest League. It’s now called the “High A Central Division.” The River Bandits were the closest team to Clinton, and it was my first real experience at a game on the road. All the way back when I was in high school, I had the opportunity to see a very small amount of life on the road in baseball, and that was all thanks to the road games in the Quad Cities. It’s always been a special place to visit to me, and it was very tough knowing that this friendly rivalry, along with Cedar Rapids, were ruined from the Minor League contraction. These matchups were huge when it came to my life in baseball, along with my longtime passion for being around Minor League Baseball. Fast forward to 2021, both of those teams matched up in game 4 of the finals.

Since my first game in 2004, this ballpark has developed so much! A major renovation was done on the stadium that year, and It’s all gone up from there. Modern Woodmen Park is right next to the Mississippi River, and the view is beautiful. The view comes with a cost though. Whenever the river is high, flooding occurs in downtown Davenport. Because of the big renovation, this stadium is the only place that will stay dry. There are pictures on Google that show the flooding, and the stadium being completely surrounded by the water, but not in the water. In recent years, the stadium has added numerous amusement park rides, a new scoreboard, a ferris wheel, along with many other amenities. I’ll have pictures and videos of everything at the bottom of this post!

This was a win or go home game for the River Bandits. In the best of a 5 game series, the Bandits were down 2-1. I love these types of games. The weather was absolutely beautiful, and made the atmosphere even better for fall baseball. The game was tied for almost the entire game. Cedar Rapids looked like they would have the upper hand on the River Bandits, but this is baseball and nothing is ever guaranteed. The Kernels left a lot of runners on base, and missed that big hit they needed throughout the game to bring them in. In the bottom of the 9th, this happened.

Another awesome walk off home run caught on camera! My timing has been great this year when it comes to clutch hits. Game 5 will be coming up, and I’m debating going still. This might be the only time we see an Iowa matchup for the High A Central championship series, since Minor League Baseball changed the playoff format due to the season being different this year. Normally, these teams would be in the same division, so the winner would go to the finals against a team in the east division. I didn’t know any of this until I went to the game, because I haven’t paid much attention to MILB this season. I’ve been mainly focused on independent baseball. Next season, I’ll have to make it to a game in Cedar Rapids to share the experience. I lived in both the Quad Cities and Cedar Rapids at different points of my life, and both stadiums are special to me As always, I’ll have the pictures and videos below. If this is the last baseball game of the year, thank you to everyone that’s visited the blog this season!

Dallas Cowboys Vs Jacksonville Jaguars 8/29/21: My first NFL Game

It’s been an exciting weekend, and we topped it all off by going to my first NFL game! I was a couple hours away from the DFW area with family, so I headed back to Arlington early Sunday morning. I wasn’t sure to be more excited for this game, or the Rangers game. As a big baseball fan, I felt like the baseball game had to come first. However, there was something different about this experience. Make sure to check out the video right below this paragraph for a time lapse video, and some other great footage! Also, make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to see where I end up catching a game next.

The seats we were in couldn’t have been better! When I used to live in Dallas, I knew some great people that always helped with making my ballpark experiences awesome, and they did the same for the Cowboys game. I’d like to say thank you for all of the great help.

The first thing I thought of when I heard about this game was that the 2020 runner up for the Heisman trophy was playing for the Jaguars. I was looking forward to watching him play, and I think he’s an instant impact for Jacksonville. The cowboys were still waiting to use Dak Prescott, and the rest of their starters sat out of the game. With it being the last preseason game, all of this was expected. The main factor of this game, was the experience with the great seats we had.

I’m looking forward to seeing how Jacksonville is this year. I like their team, and they picked a great quarterback to lead them. While I’m not much of a football person, I really enjoyed the experience of taking in an NFL game, especially in a stadium like AT&T Stadium. It’s a very special place with one of the most iconic teams in all of football. The only other time I’d been to AT&T Stadium, was over three years ago when they had a PBR rodeo. I wanted to see the inside of the stadium, and the rodeo was much more affordable at the time.

As always I’ll leave pictures below. Thank you for stopping into the blog! With Labor Day coming up, and the playoffs shortly after, I haven’t made plans for the next few weekends yet. Be on the lookout for more posts from me!

The Newest MLB Stadium: Texas Rangers Vs Houston Astros 8/27/21

It’s been a big start to the weekend with a visit to the newest MLB stadium in Arlington, TX! This trip was in the works before covid happened, and here we are! I lived in TX for almost 2 years, and went to a ton of Rangers games before. A lot of people ask me who my favorite team is, and while I’m neutral, my first favorite team had to be the Rangers. That all started because my hometown team was affiliated with them. For me, it’s kind of where everything started as a baseball fan. We were fortunate to have a lot of great players that were on the World Series roster in 2010 and 2011. Be sure to check out the video right below this paragraph for more footage from the game!

I personally haven’t really known how to feel about the new stadium. I always thought of Globe Life park as being such an iconic place to see a game, so seeing this brand new stadium right next to it gives a different feeling. At the same time, it would’ve been a very hot Friday night outside. putting a roof on the old stadium would’ve costed more money than building a new one. One thing I’m certain of though, this ballpark is loaded with features and amenities! If you’re a fan of modern ballparks more than historic parks, this is a must see. I see an all star game in the very near future for Arlington. As most people know, Globe Life Field was also the location of the 2020 World Series. I’ll also mention that the Rangers did a great job with making their team’s history known in the new stadium, and moved in with a great plan to share it. There are statues, pictures, and timelines for any baseball fan interested in knowing more about the Rangers during their visit. I personally think that Globe Life Field will be their home longer than their older stadiums. There are a lot of baseball fans that call this Minute Maid Park 2.0. As someone who has been to both stadiums now, I must say that they definitely have their differences. As they might look like a similar build, the inside of the stadiums are what make the biggest difference. It’s like saying two houses are the same because they were built in a similar way.

This game was very interesting from start to finish. The Rangers had a 4-0 lead, and a great performance by their starting pitcher. In the 7th inning, I was moving from the top of the stadium, to a lower section, and the Astros traded the lead with the Rangers. I was able to get a closer view of the game, but missed out on what happened in that short period of time. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a rebuilding Rangers team, but I must say the future looks bright. This team reminded me of what I saw in 2015 when the Braves were rebuilding. They’re just a few pieces and developments away from competing. The main difference, the Rangers don’t have a Freddie Freeman type of player. However, they have plenty of years to develop this young team, in this young stadium. I highly recommend Texas Live also, but expect to spend a little extra money for beer/food. The Baseballism store is awesome, as always, and unique to it’s location. The team store in Texas was one of the best in baseball before, and they brought it to the new stadium. One thought I had during this game, was maybe the Rangers could host an exhibition game in Globe Life Park every year before the end of spring training. In my opinion, it would be great for baseball time in Texas. As always, I’ll have all of the pictures below, and make sure to check out the YouTube video for the full time lapse. My next post on here will be a surprise, but know that I have something planned for Sunday.

American Association Baseball 8/15/21: Chicago Dogs Vs Kansas City Monarchs

Before getting started with this post, I would like to post the link from the Field Of Dreams game for anyone who may not have known about it yet. That post can be found at https://apballparks.com/2021/08/13/field-of-dreams-game-8-12-2021-experience-of-a-lifetime/

When I was making my schedule earlier this year, this was a much anticipated stadium to visit. In 2018, I just moved back into the area, and was going to Wrigley Field for a Cubs game on memorial weekend. As I was driving to Wrigley, I saw this brand new stadium in Rosemont right next to Ohare Airport, and it’s been on my radar ever since. Things were busy in the meantime, and Covid happened, but it finally worked out! Make sure to check out the YouTube video below:

2021 has been the perfect year for visiting stadiums in the American Association. For anyone new visiting, this is my first year going to American Association games, and it’s now my favorite league. A lot of changes happened this off season, and I was a little displaced as a baseball fan. I’m looking forward to the playoffs, more games next season, and eventually making it to all of the stadiums.

Impact Field is the perfect stadium for anyone local that doesn’t want to deal with the craziness of going to a Cubs game, and bringing the entire family to a game. It’s the perfect place to go for all of the experiences of a game, without the hassle of going to an MLB game. Like yesterday’s stadium, this stadium is capable of being a mid to high level minor league stadium. There are so many stadiums around the Chicago area, and this is one of the best so far, that I’ve had the chance to see.

The weather was absolutely beautiful all weekend. I’m not sure if I mentioned that in my last post. It felt like early September. A cool breeze is almost unheard of in the middle of August. I was expecting this game to be a close one. The Chicago Dogs are in a close battle with the Milwaukee Milkmen in the standings, and the Kansas City Monarchs are up 10 games in the south division. I’m not too familiar with anyone that plays for the Dogs, but when I saw them today, I noticed that this team was put together very well. I’m familiar with a couple of the players for Kansas City. One of them is Vlad Guerrero’s nephew, and he’s hit the ball very well this season. However, every game is different, especially on a Sunday in the middle of August.

The Dogs had a commanding lead in this game, and a couple mistakes made that lead grow even more. It was a one sided game for the most part, and the Dogs won 11-2. This is a potential matchup for the American Association Finals, depending on how the first couple rounds go on each side. I’m looking forward to seeing how everything plays out. The playoffs should be very exciting this year.

This trip went very well with going to Milwaukee first, then Chicago. If you’re on a weekend trip in the area, it’s also possible to mix in Kane County and Gary. There are also numerous stadiums with the Frontier League in the area. In 2022, there’s also a brand new team coming to the American Association that won’t be too far away from the Milwaukee area.

I’m planning to see the Monarchs again on 8/21. This time, it will be in their home stadium against the first place Milwaukee MIlkmen. Another potential matchup in the finals. This is the time of year when things start to get interesting, and the playoffs never disappoint. The weekend after that, I’ll be going to Globe Life Field, the newest stadium in MLB. As always, all pictures will be below.

8/14/21: Milwaukee Milkmen Vs Houston Apollos

Before getting started with this post, I would like to post the link from the Field Of Dreams game for anyone who may not have known about it yet. That post can be found at https://apballparks.com/2021/08/13/field-of-dreams-game-8-12-2021-experience-of-a-lifetime/

After a huge day on Thursday, I’m back with another post! It’s great being back on the road again, and seeing more baseball. We’re back with more American Association Baseball, which has been my favorite league to watch this year.

I was really looking forward to this trip earlier in the year, especially since Milwaukee is one of my favorite places to go to. I haven’t been here since 2019, and the Milkmen are a new team. To top everything off, not only are they in first place, but they also have the league leader in home runs. I saw Adam Brett Walker play when he was in Cedar Rapids, but I was looking forward to seeing what he was doing for Milwaukee.

This stadium is almost brand new, and a type of stadium you would see at the AA level. If Minor League Baseball ever had something happen again like last year, this stadium would be completely capable of bringing in an affiliated team, similar to what St Paul did this year. Walking up to the ticket window, I noticed that there were a lot of old shipping containers that were modernized, and used as their store, ticket window, and their outfield bar area even had them. It just kept getting more unique. I started to notice something that I’ve seen before but not at a baseball stadium. They had seating called the golf bay, and it looked just like a bay at Topgolf. I tried to research if they have a mutual owner or somehow sponsored, but I didn’t have any luck finding anything. If anyone reading this knows, please reach out to me in a comment!

The Milkmen were up against the Apollos, who I’ve had a chance to watch a few times this year. In prior posts, I’ve talked about how they are playing their entire season on the road. This game was the complete opposite, compared to the Field Of Dreams game, as it was mostly pitching and defense. It was a very clean game. The Apollos had the lead until the 5th inning, then the Milkmen tied the game. In the 7th, everything changed.

The bases were loaded in the bottom of the 7th, and the Milkmen cleared the bases. I was able to get a video of a clutch hit, yet again! Milwaukee held this lead and ended up winning the game. This is my third game seeing the Apollos this season, and I must say that they’ve stayed in these games very well this season. Like Kane County, I’m really interested in seeing what kind of roster they put together next season, when they have an entire offseason to bring in new players. This league has a lot of players that make it to AA and AAA right out of the American Association, and I think that says a lot when it comes to how well they’ve stayed in some of these games. Their record definitely doesn’t tell the whole story.

This is another great place to visit, if you have never been to Milwaukee before. It’s very cost friendly, and a great alternate if the Brewers are on the road. I’m hoping to be back in Milwaukee for a playoff game in a few weeks. I’ll be in Chicago on Sunday, 8/15 for an afternoon game between the Chicago Dogs vs the Kansas City Monarchs. As always, I’ll have more pictures and videos below. Make sure to check out the YouTube video at the top of the page! There’s a lot of great footage in each video.

8/8/21: Cardinals Vs Royals, First MLB Game Since 2019

It’s been a big weekend to say the least, and I finished it off strong! After catching a few hours of sleep in St Louis, it was time to get to the ballpark again. The Cardinals were playing a day game against the Royals, and tickets were only $7.

It was a hot/humid August Sunday in St. Louis. My car said 92 degrees while driving to downtown. I was able to get a great seat behind the plate, and the timelapse will have all of the action. St Louis was the last stadium I was at during a playoff game in 2019, so it was great to be back!

One of the reasons I looked forward to this game, was because Jon Lester was on the mound. I felt like the trade for him by the Cardinals was underrated, and could help them in the playoffs, if they make it. He worked with a lead for a few innings, but the Royals were able to put some runs together. This game looked to be over, but the cardinals were able to tie the game in the 8th inning before a rain delay. Before the game was tied back up, I was exploring the Ballpark Village area, and got ahead of traffic. I was able to stay dry though, since I made it to the car right before it rained. The game ended up going into a rain delay for over an hour, and the Royals put a run on after the game resumed. Kansas City won the game 6-5

In my opinion, I still see some promise in St Louis this season. They’re one good winning streak away from the top of the division, and they have the winning pieces on their team. Kansas City has a lot of young talent on their team, also. They could be in contention again within the next few years.

If anyone hasn’t been to the St Louis area before, I highly recommend it! There are a lot of things to do, and it’s reasonably priced. Be on the lookout the rest of this week, there will be at least 3 posts! I’m on vacation from work this week, and will be sharing a lot of exciting things. As always, I’ll share the pictures below. Be sure to check out the YouTube video and my previous post from the weekend, if you haven’t already!